About Coach Allen

DECEMBER 7, 1955 - MAY 16, 2004

Dan was more than a football coach. He was a mentor and positive role model for many young men throughout the years he coached. Dan believed in FAMILY. He considered everyone involved in the football program a member of the team and the team was "family".

Dan grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and spent his entire life either playing or coaching sports. He was an exceptional athlete in all sports, but football is where he excelled. He started playing football as an 8 year old and had dedicated and caring pop-warner coaches who sparked his interest with their time and influence which led him to Purcell High School in Cincinnati. From Purcell, Dan was recruited by Coach Rick Carter to play for Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. From Coach Carter, Dan learned the "FAMILY" philosophy and was strongly influenced by him throughout his coaching career. Rick Carter was his mentor. Dan's senior year he received the MVP award, Best Defensive Player, and The Dutch Struck Mental Attitude Award.

After graduation Dan had an unsuccessful tryout with the Atlanta Falcons. Shortly after this, Coach Carter called again and recruited him to come to the University of Dayton where Dan served as a graduate assistant. He coached with Rick and earned his Masters Degree in School Administration. After that year he returned to his alma mater and coached football and wrestling (NAIA Coach of the Year award) for two years. He traveled from there to Mariemont, Ohio and was an assistant Varsity football coach and Head JV football coach. He coached 7th and 8th grade wrestling and track teams and taught middle school science.

Once again, in 1982 Carter again recruited Dan as an assistant football coach at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Over the course of 8 years Dan coached the defensive line, running backs, quarterbacks, kickers and worked his way to be Offensive Coordinator. While at Holy Cross Dan founded the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and initiated a program for athletes to visit sick children in area hospitals. He coached Gordie Lockbaum, a two time Heisman Trophy candidate in 1986-87.

In February 1990, Dan got his first Head Football Coaching job at Boston University. In 1993, Dan coached BU to the 1st undefeated season (11-0) in BU and Yankee conference history. BU defeated Northern Iowa led by Kurt Warner in a double overtime win in the Div. 1-AA playoffs before losing to the University of Idaho in round two. Dan followed that performance up with a 9-3 record in 1994 losing to Eastern Kentucky in the 1st round of the 1-AA playoffs. The 1993 and 1994 seasons were the best back to back seasons in BU history.

The 1993 season produced many awards and accomplishments including:
  • Eastman Kodak 1-AA National Coach of the Year Award (Voted by his peers).
  • New England Coach of the Year.
  • Yankee Conference Coach of the Year
  • New England Sports Writers Coach of the Year.
  • The Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award voted by 1-AA Sports Writers
  • Yankee Conference Champions
  • ECAC (East Coast Athletic Conference) Division 1-AA team and coach of the year.
  • Lambert Cup Champions (Best team in the east).
  • New England Team of the Year.
  • Special Recognition Award by Boston University Hall of Fame for outstanding coaching accomplishments.
  • The Murray Lewis Award in recognition for his lifelong contribution to college football.
  • The American College Football Association Award.
After the 1995 season, Dan was recruited to return to Holy Cross by Athletic Director, Ron Perry. Knowing that BU was dropping their football program, he accepted and coached at Holy Cross until November 2003.
  • 2000 - Dan was once again voted New England Coach of the Year.
  • 2002 - Dan was inducted in to the Hanover College Hall of Fame for football and baseball.
  • 2004 - Dan received the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's John Baronian Award for his contribution to college coaching.
Dan passed away on May 16, 2004.

Posthumous Awards:
  • ECAC Alumni Award of Valor.
  • The National Football and College Hall of Fame, Joseph R. Mewhiney Award, Central Massachusetts Chapter for Distinguished Service to Central Massachusetts Football.
  • The Johnny Vaught Head Coach Award, All-American Football Foundation for Outstanding Performance in Football.
  • Purcell High School, Brother Bill Schroeder Award (Outstanding Among All.)
Well done, good and faithful servant. Matthew: 25:23

Coach Allen's Gameday Prayer.